March 18, 2018

NFL Combine: How did the state's players perform at the 2018 event?

08 March 2018, 07:33 | Randolph Howard

Mike Gesicki puts on athletic show at NFL Scouting Combine

Pittsburgh defensive back Jordan Whitehead participates in the bench press at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine on Sunday

With the NFL Scouting Combine nearly over, here's my first attempt at mocking the entire first round of the upcoming draft.

Johnson did 17 reps on the bench press and ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash.

Chubb (6-4, 269) posted a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash, jumped 36 inches in the vertical and 10 feet, 1 inch in the broad jump, confirming what talent evaluators believed coming in. That lead to NFL Research's official Twitter account displaying a comparison of the two Monday. Darnold also has a knack for making big plays down field in the passing game.

And as it does every year, the Combine provided a lot of insight about the top players heading into the Draft in April. Don't be a parade-ruiner and just enjoy these inevitably off-base projections for the first 10 picks with the draft seven weeks out. "I think it's a really good experience, good exposure". Njoku was the NFL's youngest offensive player and fared reasonably well as a rookie, too. His Combine put him in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick.

Players participating in the NFL Scouting Combine vie for the chance to one day play in front of thousands of cheering fans.

Watch Josh Allen's Incredible "70-Yard Teardrop" At The NFL Combine
Allen has said he would be up for the task of revitalizing the Browns, who have won a combined one game over the past two seasons. Maybe it's the fact that he attended the combine as a spectator a year ago , cataloging a process he would soon encounter.

"So we'll have tape involved in those meetings - might be some good plays, might be some bad plays", he said.

While NFL teams generally are more cautious with lateral runners early in the draft, simply because their success is more predicated on health, Barkley has grown so much in two areas that took McCoy much longer to develop: pass catching and pass blocking.

Other quarterbacks in the group included Flowers, Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Virginia's Kurt Benkert, Washington State's Luke Falk, Memphis' Riley Ferguson and Arkansas' Austin Allen.

Some of the most athletic players in the class took the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, showcasing pure speed and explosiveness in a variety of drills.

With pro days and free agency still ahead, New York's personnel departments still have plenty to evaluate before putting together the team's big board. All teams also must be under the salary cap by the start of the new league year. But with strong performances in the 40-yard dash (4.58), vertical and broad jumps, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle, Davenport made a strong case for his athleticism. His stock is on the rise after an impressive Combine where he measured in at 6-feet tall and clocked a time of 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

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